Safety Equipment

Information regarding driver & vehicle safety systems and equipment.

ROADSENSE TIPS - Seatbelts

Paralympic skier Brad Lennea describes how not wearing his seatbelt on a road trip changed his life forever, while Kristina Marrington of ICBC Driver Licensing explains exactly how seatbelts can reduce your chance of injuries in a crash.

NEWS - Driving Without Doors

car without doorsCommercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement has received numerous complaints and enquiries regarding vehicles operating on the highway without the driver and / or passenger door(s) in place. Reports most commonly identify certain makes and models of Jeep as some of these vehicles have side doors that may be easily removed. Any vehicle operating on the highway without doors represents a serious safety concern for the occupants as side intrusion protection and passenger containment would be compromised in the event of a collision.

When Not to Use a Booster Seat

booster seatWhen I was young, we thought nothing of throwing a mattress in the back of the station wagon, loading up my brother and sisters and heading off on holidays. We would sprawl on that mattress reading comic books or playing games. Sometimes we even fought over whose turn it was to be in the back.

Seatbelt Rule Changes

Buckle UpYou have probably heard that the cost of a seatbelt ticket is going up once again. It will rise from $138 to $167 for those who haven't learned that buckling up is the best way to avoid injury and death in a crash. I suppose from their point of view the silver lining to that black cloud is that there are still no penalty points associated to a conviction.

Another Look at Airbags

AirbagDo you have any comment on the new trend out there of passengers riding in cars with their feet up on the dash of the car? This may be a comfortable position but it would quickly become life threatening if the car were in a crash and the airbag they are resting their feet on deploys.

Are Your Airbags Missing?

AirbagIs it illegal to fail to replace an airbag in a rebuilt car? My car has dual front airbags, and after a major collision they did not deploy.

Helmets

Motorcycle HelmetIs there a difference between the helmet laws which make it law to wear a helmet on a bicycle,and the wearing of one on a motorcycle? The reason I ask is that I ride both a motorcycle and a bicycle.

Seatbelts

SeatbeltWhat do you write about seatbelts today? They were around when I started driving (1974), so everyone knows about them. The fine for not wearing one is expensive ($138), but you probably know that too. Road Safety Vision 2010 sets a target wearing rate of 95% by 2010 (currently it varies from 68% to 95% in our patrol area).

Seatbelts, Again.

SeatbeltAs with everything else in our lives, the cost of not wearing a seatbelt is going up again. On April 18th the "bill" will $138 instead of $109. Of course, there will still be the $25 discount for early payment, but $113 is a lot of money to have to part with!

Seatbelts, An Automatic Habit

SeatbeltOne would think that wearing a seatbelt would be an automatic habit for today's drivers and their passengers. The seatbelt law has been in place for many years and the benefits of being properly buckled up have been clearly demonstrated. However, ICBC seatbelt surveys still show that a significant percentage of vehicle occupants don't buckle up, especially on rural roads.

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